Gastroenterology and Nutrition
0121 333 8705
Additional contact number:
0121 333 8720
We treat short-term (acute) and long-term (chronic) disorders of the stomach and intestines. These include inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease, and bleeding into the stomach or intestine (gastrointestinal (GI) bleeds).
We use a medical instrument called an endoscope to look inside the stomach and intestines, in our endoscopy unit. Sometimes we need to look in the middle of the small intestine, and use a type of endoscope called a video capsule, which is a tiny camera and light in a small capsule that you can swallow.
We also look at how the intestines move while digesting food (motility studies) and to see whether any acid from the stomach is passing back up into the oesophagus (the gullet) (oesophageal pH monitoring).
Specialist nurses and dieticians support our patients and families. You can often be seen for a single day in the Medical Day Care unit.
Doctors, specialist nurses, dieticians and other professionals work in our team to provide nutritional care for children with specific nutritional problems both in the hospital and at home, including intravenous feeding.
We work closely with surgeons who operate on the stomach and intestines (gastrointestinal surgery) and with the Liver Unit (because the way the liver works is very closely linked with the stomach and intestines).
Research into Inflammatory Bowel Disease is carried out in the department, as part of national and international studies into this condition.